Staff from Greece's state-run television station have stood in front of their own cameras to express their outrage at having to shut down while broadcasting live due to the government's cost cutting measures.
ERT TV and Radio was gradually pulled off the air in the middle of the night on Tuesday in Greece (local time), just hours after the conservative-led government said it would temporarily stop state-run broadcasts and sack 2500 staff.
ERT employee Dimitris Giolos voiced his upset during a live broadcast as the station's transmitters were switched off.
"Gradually emitters started going down in the mountains around Athens and Thessaloniki, and I think that slowly Greece will go silent from the TV and radio signal of ERT," Mr Giolos said.
Newscasters were cut off mid-sentence as screens went black.
ERT reporters are now trying to continue broadcasting using analogue and online streaming.
Greece's two biggest trade unions called for a 24-hour strike in response to the move and journalists joined in, calling for an indefinite strike.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras earlier derided ERT TV and radio as "a true symbol of privilege and lack of transparency".
In a speech to business leaders, Samaras said that "the sinful ERT is finished".
The three-party government yanked ERT off the air late on Tuesday, axing all 2656 jobs as part of its cost-cutting drive demanded by international creditors.
The move sparked intense protests from both Samaras' coalition partners and Greek unions, which slammed it as a blow to media freedoms and called a general strike for Thursday.
Several thousand protesters gathered peacefully for a second night on Wednesday outside ERT's Athens headquarters, which was festooned with banners calling for the company to be saved.
The government plan is for a leaner, cheaper version of ERT to open before the end of the summer.
"Greece had become a true Jurassic Park, a unique country in the world that saw the survival of dinosaurs with antiquated ideological obsessions that have become extinct everywhere else," Samaras said.
His wording left little leeway for an agreement with his centre-left allies, PASOK and the Democratic Left - without whom his conservative party has no parliamentary majority with which to pass key reforms demanded by Greece's international bailout creditors.
"If the country is led to elections, Mr Samaras will be responsible," Democratic Left spokesman Andreas Papadopoulos said after the prime minister's speech.
Following an emergency meeting, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis offered Samaras an olive branch, saying they were committed to keeping the coalition alive.
But they insisted on top-level talks with Samaras aimed at keeping ERT going.
"Mr Kouvelis and Mr Venizelos offered a way out - but Mr Samaras, in effect, did not respond," Papadopoulos said.
The Democratic Left has already submitted legislation in parliament to cancel the corporation's demise.
An official close to Samaras said the prime minister would phone Venizelos and Kouvelis on Thursday to schedule a meeting "in the next few days".
But the conservatives implied that little was to be expected from such talks.
"What else do they have to discuss?" a second party official said.
"The two minority partners are asking that ERT should remain open, and the prime minister just addressed that in his speech."
Sources: AAP, ABC, the Telegraph.